The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil


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Throughout Brazil, Afro-Brazilians face widespread racial prejudice. Many turn to religion, with Afro-Brazilians disproportionately represented among Protestants, the fastest-growing religious group in the country. Officially, Brazilian Protestants do not involve themselves in racial politics. Behind the scenes, however, the community is deeply involved in the formation of different kinds of blacknessOCoand its engagement in racial politics is rooted in the major new cultural movement of black music. a In this highly ...